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Florida State Seminoles pull away to beat Wake Forest Demon Deacons 84-66

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Florida State needed a half to find the energy and intensity to hand the ACC's worst team another loss Saturday.

Bernard James scored 15, and the Seminoles pulled away to beat Wake Forest 84-66, keeping them in sole possession of third in the conference.

Ian Miller and Deividas Dulkys added 14 for the Seminoles (19-7, 9-3 ACC), who trailed by two at halftime before dominating the rest of the way against the last-place Demon Deacons (8-19, 1-11).

FSU used a 13-2 run to push ahead by double figures then increased the margin to 20 by attacking the rim while Wake grew steadily more passive.

"Just intensity and energy," James said. "We picked both of them up, and we really got in synch."

It was FSU's first game without Chris Singleton, a 6-foot-9 junior who was leading it in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (7.1) before breaking his right foot Saturday against Virginia. He had surgery Monday and is out indefinitely.

"We tried to just develop a mind-set that you can't be overly concerned about those things you have no control over," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "And what we do have control over is the approach we have taken each and every day in practice. We understand we have to perform with the team we have available."

On Saturday, that meant a second half similar to its 85-61 home win against Wake on Feb. 1. Then, the Seminoles scored 54 in the second half, including 27 off turnovers. This time, they scored 53, including 18 off turnovers.

"What happened between the first half and the second half is a mystery to me," Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "We came out very lethargic, for whatever reason."

FSU 84

Wake 66

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